Muskegon Housing Commission
1080 Terrace Street
Muskegon, Muskegon County, MI


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Muskegon Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 12th, 2016.

Please note: The Muskegon Housing Commission covers Muskegon County, MI.

The Muskegon Housing Commission (MHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is s opening soon for application submission for one day only, on May 18, 2016 from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm ET.

Please note: 

  • Applicants can only submit an application if they picked one up on May 12, 2016.
  • This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.
To apply during the opening period, the completed application must be dropped off to the MHC office at the address above, on May 18, 2016 from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Elderly, near elderly, disabled.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information. 

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time of application submission, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the MHC website, or call the office at (231) 722-2647.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Muskegon Housing Commission Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 7th, 2015.

The Muskegon Housing Commission (MHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

The MHC offers two Public Housing communities for families and senior/disabled individuals:
  1. Hartford Terrace has one bedroom units for senior/disabled individuals.
  2. The Family Public Housing program has duplexes for families that require two or bedrooms.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to 1080 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49442, from 9:30 am until 5:45 pm EDT, Monday-Thursday.

Be sure to include these documents with your application: Proof of all income, birth certificates, Social Security Cards, photo IDs for all adult household members, food stamp award letter, and bank statements.

The MHC does have a preference point system: Near elderly, elderly, and those who receive disability income.

For more information, visit the MHC website, or call the office at (231) 722-2647 from 9:30 am until 5:45 pm, Monday-Thursday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Muskegon Housing Commission administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 1 projects which contain 167 affordable rental units. It also administers 179 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Muskegon Housing Commission is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Muskegon Housing Commission between Public Housing Units (48%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (52%) to that of all housing authorities in Michigan, Muskegon Housing Commission has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Michigan.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Muskegon Housing Commission scored an average of 83 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2007 and a low score of 0 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Michigan is 74.81.

Muskegon Housing Commission has an average score that is more than the average Michigan housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Muskegon Housing Commission.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 9/27/10 Plan
2008 8/7/08 Plan
2007 10/4/07 Plan
2006 6/26/06 Plan
2005 10/17/05 Plan
2004 11/10/05 Plan
2003 9/25/03 Plan
2001 7/24/01 Plan
2000 5/26/01 Plan